Beyond the Ground. The Audiovisual Essay as an Experimental Site of Knowledge Construction and Its Power to Affect
How can the politics of verticality (the histories, policies, regulations, and infrastructures, as well as the environmental and anthropocentric changes that occur on the vertical plane) help us understand the present moment? Beyond the Ground is a research-based artistic project dealing with the poorly legislated spaces that exist beyond the horizon line: aerial spaces and underground spaces. With an interdisciplinary, feminist, and anti-capitalist approach, the examination of these spaces will be materialized in two audiovisual essays. These essays will provide a critical reflection upon the configuration of forces involved in acts of territorialization and their material consequences. In addition to these artistic works, Enar de Dios Rodríguez will also produce a theoretical framework in order to demonstrate the research potential of the audiovisual essay medium. This will involve analyzing formal, narrative, and aesthetic techniques employed in contemporary essay films.
Enar de Dios Rodríguez is a visual artist whose research-based projects reflect upon the production of space and its sociopolitical and environmental consequences. In her artistic practice takes the selective process of existing visual and textual material as a starting point for an exploration of the poetic and its political applicability. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Translation from the University of Vigo (Spain) and later studied photography at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, ultimately obtaining a Master of Fine Arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute (USA). Her work has been exhibited internationally in places such as the Contemporary Jewish Museum (San Francisco), Project Space (Melbourne), Kunsthalle (Vienna), and Condeduque (Madrid). She has received numerous grants and awards, and has held talks at the Fine Arts University of Malaga, the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, and the University of California, Berkeley. She is a founding collaborator of the science-art project SEEC Photography and member of The Golden Pixel Cooperative.
with Nathalie Koger and Mona Schwitzer – The Golden Pixel Cooperative, You’ll Never Work Alone. Collective Infrastructures in Moving Images, Vienna 2022; with Philipp Haslinger, Brannon B. Klopfer, Thomas Juffmann, »SEEC: Photography at the Speed of Light«, in: Leonardo 54 (2021), pp. 506–9; The Poetics of Landscape, Brooklyn 2018; translator of Aimé Césaire, »Caderno dun retorno ao país natal«, in: Boletín Galego de Literatura 43 (2010), pp. 182–233.
In der Ausstellung »ECOTONE« zeigt ifk Junior Fellow Enar de Dios Rodríguez von 10. November 2023 bis 19. Jänner 2024 in der GALERIE 5020 in Salzburg ihre gleichnamige 6 Kanal-Filminstallation, die sich mit Grenzgebieten sowie Kontrollpraktiken befasst, die über Räume ausgeübt werden, um ihre Trennung aufrechtzuerhalten.
This lecture focuses on an interdisciplinary investigation of air space and the artistic methodology being applied to it. In a first step, the artistic medium used—the audiovisual essay—will be clarified through a series of possible definitions.